Twin cities non-profit starts up a program to offer low income people quick tax refunds

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Some commercial tax preparers have faced a barrage of lawsuits over so-called Rapid Refund programs. Rapid Refunds are short-term loans based on an expected tax refund. In Minnesota, those loans on average carry annual interest rates of more than 200%. Several non-profits say some tax preparers have taken advantage of the poor with those loans. But instead of going to court, one tax group is taking a different approach. It's setting up its own Rapid Refund program for low-wage workers.

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